Cardinal Teams Gear Up for CAC
Field hockey nabs the number one seed in the tournament
WASHINGTON - This weekend marks the beginning of a pressure-filled time of year for the Catholic University fall athletic teams. Women's soccer, men's soccer, field hockey and volleyball will all begin the CAC Tournament, a single-elimination play-off that will not only determine the conference champion but will also crown the winner who will receive the CAC's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Field hockey (11-6, 5-1 CAC) enters the tournament with the #1 seed for the first time in program history. The squad's 1-0 win over Salisbury gave them the top seed despite both teams ending the season with a 5-1 record. CUA's only loss came to Mary Washington dropping a double overtime 2-1 decision earlier this season. With the number one seed field hockey has earned a first round bye and will face off against the winner of #5 York vs. #4 Mary Washington on Wednesday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m. With the top seed the Cardinals will have home field advantage all the way through the tournament.
Women's soccer (10-6-1, 5-1-1 CAC) has the #2 seed in the CAC tournament after a small slide at the end of the season. The Cardinals led the CAC throughout the fall posting a 5-0 record including two double overtime wins before falling to York and tying Mary Washington in their final two conference matches. The York Spartans have the top seed but CUA will still have home field advantage for at least the first two games. Women's soccer will host #7 Goucher on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. If they win the Cards will play Tuesday at 2 p.m., on DuFour Field.
The volleyball team (17-18, 4-3 CAC) has the #4 seed in the tournament ensuring them one game at home. The Cards have a tough road, however, facing off against #5 St. Mary's on Tuesday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m., at the DuFour Center. CUA beat the Seahawks in four games a week ago after falling in three games at the Haverford Tournament earlier in the season. With a win on Tuesday, the Cardinals would advance to play the winner of #1 Marymount vs. #8 Goucher on Thursday.
Men's soccer (3-10-3, 1-5-2 CAC) will also have a tough road drawing the #7 seed in the tournament. The Cardinals will most likely be on the road for all three games beginning at #2 Mary Washington on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. If CUA can pull out the victory against the Eagles they would advance to the semifinals against the winner of #3 St. Mary's vs. #6 Goucher on Wednesday.
The final test for all of these teams, however, will be Saturday November 4th. This is the scheduled date of all the CAC championship games and each Cardinal team is expecting to still be playing that day.
Also on the fourth is the CAC Cross Country Championship where both the Cardinal men's and women's squads will be competing in Salisbury, Md. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m., while the men will start at 12:00 p.m. Both teams will have some time off after a strong weekend last Saturday with the women winning the Nevins Invitational and the men placing their top runner in second.
This is the juncture in the season that every team works for when they begin in August. The next few weeks will decide who ends their season and who keeps playing to get to the NCAA Tournament. For more information on the games and all CUA athletics please continue to visit www.cuacardinals.com.